With Football Manager 21 right around the corner (you can pre-order here for £29.99), the questions on many a die-hard fans’ lips aren’t going anywhere. One of those being what does a loan manager do in Football Manager 21?

For the first time in over a decade, the popular series is coming to home console, on Xbox One and Xbox Series X | S. The game will be “specifically tailored” to the console, customising the Touch version of the series to work with the Xbox controller.

With that, comes intrigue, especially with the Loan Manager feature. 

What is a loan manager and what does a loan manager do in Football Manager 21?

What does a Loan Manager do in Football Manager 2020? | FM BLOG

An important asset for you to track progress and performances of the players out on loan, their job is to find suitable clubs for players listed for loan, analyse and recommend suitable players who may benefit from a loan move and track their happiness and game time. 

They’ll then provide you with reports about players out in action on a weekly basis, giving you a better chance to track their performances. 

As it stands, no huge changes are known to have been made in FM21 with regards to Loan Managers. Any that have are said to be revealed in October. 

The Loan Manager’s requirements is a mix of the data analysts and the scouts. He requires high levels of judging player data and presenting it, as well as judging player ability, judging player potential and man management, in order to keep the players happy.

FM fans recently expressed their indignation over it not being available on PlayStation. 

Sports Interactive boss Miles Jacobson cleared things up, revealing that Sony simply “didn’t” ask for it, whereas Microsoft did. 

Jacobson said in a follow-up statement to Eurogamer, saying:

“I pride myself on being very open with our community via social media and try to answer as many questions as I can, however controversial they may be. I also try to explain to people why decisions that they don’t like are made, because whilst I’ve been working in the industry for more than 25 years, the people I talk to online don’t always know exactly how the system works. I am the same person on social media that I am in real life — upfront, honest and passionate.”

Football Manager 21 is out November 24.